After such a fabulous holiday it’s been almost as busy settling back at home …. jetlag, Hilly and Dave coming and going, ringing a quarter, back to work, unpacking, washing …. ironing still waiting!!
I’ve been asked: What were the highlights? It comes back to many but one – the people. I have to say again that huge thanks go to so many people, mostly but not all ringers, for all they did to make sure I had a great time. People planned, organised, invited, travelled, participated, baked, bought drinks, drove, taught, helped, put themselves out ….. I could go on. I regret that lack of time meant I couldn’t accept all the invitations that came my way.
But if I must nominate highlights ….
Ringers and ringing
My first (only!) quarter peal in the Mother Country
Mosaics at the cathedral at Monreale on Sicily
Skara Brae on Orkney – that I was walking in homes where people lived 5,500 years ago
Aberdeen – an unexpected pleasure: the city itself plus a ringer making sure I got there without drama
The buzz of Rome
The Wigmore Hall and St Martin’s in the Fields concerts in London
Home cooked meals
To all those who welcomed me I say: Let me return your kindness and hospitality … Come to Oz!
Yes – a few ….. but it’s amazing how quickly you forget or it ceases to be important. I suppose I could say things to remember …..
Don’t rely on public transport in Sicily
A place you want to see will be closed for renovation
An artwork you want to see will be on loan to another continent
Siesta ….. everything closes
It takes a while to re-familiarise yourself with money, ticketing, etc
Missing the turns and the toilets near Hadrian’s Wall wasn’t a lot of fun either.
BUT the main thing to remember ….
while the people I’ve thanked above are people who I knew (mostly only via email) before I set off a stranger will always help you out in a sticky situation
All is good.